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Oklahoma "dark horse" for millions in grant money

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will announce the finalists Tuesday in the Race to the Top grant competition for $3.4 billion.

Oklahoma was among 35 states who applied for the second round of federal stimulus grants and Duncan said he expects 10-15 states win a share of the cash.

Despite Oklahoma’s poor showing in the first round, lawmakers rallied around an education reform package known as Senate Bill 2033, and submitted an application that many considered competitive.

The publication Education Week named Oklahoma the “dark horse”in the race, and other publications have noted the scope of the state’s reforms, including a new teacher evaluation system, adopting a nation-wide common curriculum and loosening restrictions on charter schools.

You can view how Oklahoma would spend the $175 million in the narative and budget here.

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